CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers security Eric Reid may have thrown his group’s administration underneath the bus for not attending quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s exercise on Saturday after his quarterback threw 4 interceptions in Sunday’s 29-Three loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
He did not.
However Reid mentioned Kaepernick, his former San Francisco 49ers teammate, proved within the exercise what he is been hoping to show the previous three years since being “blackballed” by the league for kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem as a protest towards social injustice.
“The aim was completed,” mentioned Reid, sporting a black No. 7 Kaepernick jersey. “He proved he can play this recreation. He proved he can throw the ball. Elite. That is what an NFL government mentioned.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an NFL government on the exercise, which was moved on the final minute from the Falcons’ follow facility in Flowery Department, Georgia, to a highschool, mentioned Kaepernick had “elite” arm energy and threw effectively.
“He is been understanding day-after-day for 3 years,” mentioned Reid, the primary participant to affix Kaepernick throughout the 2016 season in kneeling throughout the anthem. “Are you able to think about the psychological fortitude it takes to remain in form for 3 years whereas anyone is blackballing you for you wanting to face up for individuals who have been wronged?”
Reid mentioned that’s what folks needs to be speaking about, not that Kaepernick moved the exercise to a unique location as a result of he would not signal a waiver that reportedly may launch him from any claims of collusion/retaliation that the quarterback would possibly make because of his unemployment since settling his first collusion case in February.
Reid wasn’t comfortable that ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith posted a video saying Kaepernick’s choice to maneuver the exercise was a sign that the 2011 second-round choose did not actually need to return to the NFL.
“That is nonsense,” Reid mentioned. “The proof of the exercise was to indicate he can play the sport, was to indicate he can throw the ball, and he did that. The NFL needed to manage the narrative by not letting impartial NFL media into the exercise to doc the exercise.
“They would not even inform him who was going to run his routes for him. They would not even give him a script for the exercise. Is Colin presupposed to belief a company that has blackballed him? He isn’t that naive.”
Reid attended Kaepernick’s exercise on his personal with out asking permission from the Panthers. He needed to be there for the participant he has stood and kneeled by since 2016.
“I went there on my free time and I got here again in time for our conferences final night time,” Reid mentioned. “In fact I will be there for my brother. Y’all have seen that.
“The way in which he fights for folks, the way in which he fights for justice, I need to ensure I am there supporting him.”
Reid maintained the exercise was a PR stunt by the NFL, an outline he additionally used Wednesday after Kaepernick was given only some hours on Tuesday to resolve whether or not he would attend. He mentioned the waiver additional satisfied him he was proper.
“We knew this was a PR stunt from the start,” Reid mentioned. “Once we obtained that waiver we have been like, ‘Ah, we see that. It is the employment rights. You need him to forfeit his employment rights.’
“They’ve by no means had Colin’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart. If that was the case, why are they making such an enormous deal about shifting the exercise?”
That the Panthers did not attend the exercise did not shock Reid as a result of group proprietor David Tepper informed him final week Carolina wasn’t in search of a veteran quarterback to compete with Kyle Allen.
After Allen’s 4 interceptions towards Atlanta, Reid refused guilty the second-year, undrafted quarterback, calling it a group loss. He famous the road did not give Allen a lot time to work and the protection made its share of errors. With that mentioned, Reid added, “I believe we may use Colin’s assist. I believe each group within the league may use Colin’s assist. I’d undoubtedly be excited if he was right here.”